The Fanwood Cultural Arts Performance Series takes place at the Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center also known
as "The Old Carriage House". The Arts Center faces Watson Road; however, it is part of the Fanwood Borough Hall property
and the actual address is 75 North Martine Avenue, Fanwood, NJ 07023. Please go to our Directions page for in depth directions, maps and photos at:
Mayor Colleen Mahr and
The Fanwood Arts Council Present
Saturday, September 14, 2013, 7:00 PM: Arlan Feiles with Les Lucky
In the tradition of many great troubadours before him, Los Angeles native Arlan Feiles has
made his way across the American landscape and found himself a new home in New Jersey. All
Along the way, Arlan has shared stages with some of the great legends of Music. The Band,
The late Warren Zevon, Hot Tuna, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Warren Haynes, Dave Mathews,
Bob Pollard, and many more.
During a long stop In Miami Florida, Arlan found a great deal of success with roots rock
band Natural Causes. The Causes' run ended too soon, but Chris Blackwell of Island Records
would take Arlan going solo, and signed him to his first record deal. Since moving to NJ,
Arlan has recorded two more solo albums with the help of legendary Miami Producer Frank
"Rat Bastard" Falestra. In 2012 Arlan released "Weeds Kill The Wild Flowers". His first
full band album in a decade. Joined by his group The Broken Hearted, Arlan has put together
another great collection of songs that take the listener through an Americana voyage of truth
"Arlan is a gifted songwriter... with pulsating and passionate performances"
- Sandra Schulman, Billboard Magazine
Les Lucky is an American Roots singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with an eclectic streak as
well as jam-band tendencies in live performance. Heavily influenced by Rock, Blues and Pop, his songs are also
flavored with Folk, Country, R&B and Jazz. He has been succinctly described as "an engaging performer who writes
powerful songs, sings with a broad range of emotion, and fluidly jams on both guitar and keyboards."
His world-worn observations provide insightful, and often personal, glimpses into life's struggles as well as its
celebrations. He distills the lessons learned from life's trials and tribulations into songs about modern-day relationships,
love lost and life's wonder as well as stories of hard luck, questionable choices and human frailties.
Les' vocal style ranges from breathy to hard-edged and beyond, while his instrumental prowess is evident in his flights of
fancy on both guitar and piano. His transition from one instrument to another is as natural as it is entertaining. In live shows,
Les often takes liberties with his recorded material. At times, he'll even include additional sections not found in the original
recordings. As a veteran of thousands of shows, he is at his best when mixing things up and engaging an audience.
October 12, 2013, Arlon Bennett with the Levins.
Arlon Bennett is an Americana songsmith writing songs that recall Harry Chapin and vintage James Taylor,
but with an eloquence, honesty, and sense of humor all his own. A home-made guitarist with a self-effacing
style, he has a gift of storytelling from the heart that reveals the gold nuggets in the river of everyday life.
Hailing from Long Island New York, Arlon's philosophy on life is that if you can dream it you can do it;
"Shoot for the moon and ask questions later". When he considered his vocation as a writer, it was famed
author George Plimpton who advised Arlon to "just write" without pretense or expectation.
Arlon produced and released his debut; Fountain of Dreams in 1998 and quickly followed with The Watch Man in 2000,
whose title track is still a fan favorite at concerts. Arlon also was twice selected by Noel 'Paul' Stookey
(Peter, Paul & Mary) to perform in his Music-to-Life showcase at the Kerrville Folk Festival featuring America's
best songs of social consciousness. "Be the Change," from his third album Summer's Voice, was the #9 most-played
song nationwide on American roots radio in 2007.
Arlon Bennett is an artist who draws you in with that aw-shucks charisma, before engaging you with songs that
provoke, heal, and just plain "cut right to your soul."
THE LEVINS ( pronounced The L'Vins )
Ira and Julia Levin combine harmony-driven acoustic folk rock with wistful overtones
of the 1930s and the intention of putting a smile on your face. Original tunes, guitar, piano and voices provide a full sound
with unexpected harmonies and unique arrangements. It's Happy-Folk, Smile Pop....sounds likeThe Mamas and The Papas having coffee
with Cole Porter. 2011 Winners of the Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Competition.
Saturday, November 09, 2013, 7:00 PM: Paul Salomone Trio
Paul Salomone - Piano
Paul Salomone grew up in Scotch Plains, NJ, and began his piano studies at the age of eight years old under Mrs. E.R. Hill.
Paul later studied under Keith MacDonald continuing work in classical music, and beginning his studies in jazz. Paul attended Kean College
and Jersey City State College majoring in music, but left school and served in the United States Army band system for six years, serving mostly
in Germany. Having completed his military service in 1983, Paul began teaching piano lessons and performing in numerous venues all over New Jersey,
but also in New York City and Philadelphia. Throughout most of his career, Paul has led his own groups, and his efforts culminated in the
1997 release of his CD, "Quickstep", featuring the renowned tenor saxophonist Tommy Grice, noted bassist and composer Derwin Holder, and the
vastly experienced and well-traveled drummer Ron Glick, the drummer in tonight's performance. Paul and Ron's association goes back over thirty
years. At the present time, Paul continues to instruct a full compliment of piano students in the classical, jazz, and popular idioms. The work
also includes concentration in music theory, improvisational techniques, and diligent work in rhythmic principles. Paul has begun recording with
tonight's trio, and hopes to continue performing in more concert settings with this group as well as re-uniting the quartet from
the "Quickstep" CD.
Roy Cumming - Bass
Roy was born in Orange, NJ and grew up in the nearby town of Clifton. Starting on the violin, Roy switched to the bass after high school and
began studying jazz. He studied with such noted bassists as Norman Edge and Ron Carter. Roy also studied bass repair with Lou Fuiro, and
continues in the art of bass building and repair to the present day, as well as performing. Roy's work with drummer John Dentz led to his
association with jazz piano giants Teddy Wilson and Chick Corea. Roy also played extensively with the great be-bop pianist Al Haig, who worked
with the legendary alto saxophonist Charlie Parker. Roy also had an extensive and productive association with guitarist Harry Leahy and drummer
Glenn Davis. Later joined by pianist Mike Melillo, they formed the group "In Free Association", and performed and recorded together for many years.
Roy's freelance work includes performing with such jazz notables as Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Phil Woods, Johnny Hartman, Joe Morello, and Tony Williams.
Roy is also a wonderful composer. He released the CD "Edgeless", upon which all of the selections are his own compositions. Selections from that CD
will be heard in tonight's performance. Roy can be heard each Monday evening at "The Garage", in the West Village in New York City, playing with the
Howard Williams Jazz Orchestra.
Ron Glick - Drums
Drummer Ron Glick has an extensive background in performing and teaching music. His performance resume reads like a veritable "who's who" in the world
of jazz. Ron's worked with such jazz notables as Tal Farlow, Al Cohn, Eric Kloss, Harry Leahy, Lou Donaldson, Vic Juris, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Ira Sullivan,
just to name a few. Ron has performed in jazz clubs and festivals both nationally and internationally. Ron accompanied Paul Salomone to London, Ontario,
Canada to perform in the Forest City Jazz Festival after having recorded the CD "Quickstep" as a member of Paul's quartet. Ron attended the Berklee College
of Music where he studied with the world renowned drummer Alan Dawson. Ron's private studies also included numerous sessions with jazz masters Richie Moore,
Sonnie Igo, and Doug Allen. Ron has taught drums privately for over thirty years and is currently on the faculty at Raritan Valley Community College in the
applied music program. Ron's current work also involves performances with a variety of musicians in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including pianist Frank Giasullo.
As stated above, Ron and Paul's friendship and association goes back over thirty years, and Ron was a major contributor in the production and editing of
the "Quickstep" CD, as well as delivering a superlative performance.
As usual we will be offering refreshments for sale, during the intermissions. We ussually make some home made cookies, have a variety of chips, and
various other finger foods donated by our volunteers and regular attendees. (Please feel free to bring along something for our intermission food table!)
Snapple has generously donated beverages for our intermission. They have also donated a new tent to cover the food tables, and 2 great new coolers on wheels to keep
the beverages that they are donating cold.
Nicks Deli (formerly South Martine Avenue Deli) will be adding some of their favorite appetizers and pizza samples to our intermission food table. They
are famous for thier New York Style large slices and delicious garlic knots....
Mara's Cafe will be adding their excellent baked treats to our ussual home made cookies etc.... Mara's grinds their own coffee beans, offers authentic
Italian Gelato, and a huge assortment of pastries, cookies, and delicious canolis. They will be featuring live music of thier own on Wednesday nights!
Experience great performances in a historic setting right in your own back yard! Suggested donation is $10, $5 for seniors and students.
This program is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.